My name is Libbi Hutchence and I live here with my husband Mark, Alfie our dog and Buster our cat. I love to while away the hours creating things out of natural materials. I am never happier than when I am making something be it spinning wool, blending colours, weaving on my little hand loom or making something out of clay at my potter’s wheel.
This was my first love. I crave the calming influence of pottery. There is something very meditative about what I do, it is so therapeutic, the way the wheel spins, pulling up the clay and making something fun and beautiful out of a natural product. I love the thought that I am using all of the main elements to create with clay, (clay from the earth, water to lubricate, air to dry the clay, fire to fire the clay). There is a real sense of achievement making something out of such a basic material.
I work in stoneware therefore all of my items are fired up to about 1200°c and therefore can be put in the freezer, fridge, dishwasher, microwave and oven. The garden items I make can be enjoyed all year around as they will withstand frosty nights and snowy days.
Why I love to weave?
Again, it is the use of natural materials and the slowed pace of weaving that is almost meditative to me.
I love the use of colours and enjoy the fact that unlike pottery the results are pretty instant, no waiting for the kiln the cool. I enjoy surrounding myself with colours as I believe colours enhance our lives. Life is too short to wear black!
I am inspired by the colours that are all around me from the beautiful Norfolk beaches to the glorious countryside that surrounds our home. I make things that I would love to wear and own.
Due to Covid 19 all of my scheduled craft events have either been cancelled or postponed. The shops I supply have also temporarily closed. However I am still busy making in my studio.
1-1 lessons in my studio are on hold at the moment due to social distancing.
If you require a commission please contact me to discuss, I would be more than happy to make something unique and bespoke for you.
Some of my work can be purchased from Ivy Joan Makers Market ( www.ivyjoan.co.uk)
Please note my own on-line shop will be coming Handmade at Bramley Cottage soon..... watch this space.
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